That Big B was more popularly referred to as the Angry Young Man is something which is known to one and all. And why not? After all, he did display that side of his with panache in films like Deewar, Zanjeer, Shakti, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar etc.
However, as the years passed, Big B moved on to more sober and mature roles like the restaurant owner in Cheeni Kum, to the weird looking traveler in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom to the friendly ghost in Bhoothnath. This is on- screen; Off-screen Big B seems to be hell-bent on keeping the title of Angry Young Man or should we say Angry 'Old' Man. After all, off-late he doesn't let go of anyone who rubs him the wrong way.
First it was the media who faced his fury a number of times, right from the Abhi-Ash wedding to the Barabanki land case. Then it was Anurag Basu who rubbed Big B the wrong way and as they say, got it back tit for tat.
The latest to face Big B's wrath is noted film-critic and director Khalid Mohammed. Apparently, Khalid had written some not too pleasing things about Big B's latest release Bhoothnath in his review in a leading newspaper and Big B decided 'Enough is Enough'. He has publicly lashed out against his one time good friend, Khalid Mohammed, in his blog. In Amitabh's own words, these are some of the excerpts:
"Khalid Mohammed who reviews the film for Hindustan Times of date, who instead of reviewing writes a personal letter to me through a public document, who wishes that I go and learn how to act from the Pune Film Institute, who laments at the only dialogue he heard in the entire film, my oft repeated 'Haiiiiiiii', who as director made three of the most colossal bombs in the history of Indian Cinema and who now tries to educate others in the craft, who credits the cast of the film as AB,AB AB, disrespecting the other eminent star presence, who allegedly as Editor of Filmfare, coerced the talent of his directed films to work for him in lieu of the alleged consideration of an Award, titles his diatribe -
'TO BOO OR NOT TO BOO'
Well KHALIDA ! And this is not a gender error, but a call you respond to lovingly, when Jaya addresses you, as you spread yourself across our dining table in Jalsa, sipping our, in your own words, 'exclusive and expensive wine', this is what I have to say to you -
With one of the biggest WWE superstars, The Great Khali, in town, looks like even Big B is in a mood to fight. But must say, all you WWE fans, the battle has only begun and this time it's not between Big Show and Khali but between Big B and Khali-d!